9 x 12"
oil on panel
I'm still working on paintings for my show Sargentology, but it's high time I posted those that I've completed, starting with the newest one.
Featured in this setting are three gentlemen - the viewer taking a rest on the gallery bench, Dr. Samuel Jean Pozzi on the left and the artist, John Singer Sargent to the right.
Sargent painted Dr. Pozzi at Home in 1881. Dr. Pozzi was a good friend of Sargent's, he was a Parisian gynecologist and renowned dandy - described by a contemporary as 'himself a kind of beautiful work of art'. Sargent painted his friend relaxed at home, wearing a plush, red robe with a puffy shirt underneath, with a peek of an embroidered slipper. Notably, Pozzi's hands are a focus, elegant, one grasping the collar, the other pulling on the tie around his hip. The attention to his hands suggests a reminder of Pozzi's method of examination in his profession as a gynecologist. Dr. Pozzi at Home belongs to the Hammer Museum in LA.
Sargent painted his self-portrait in 1906 and belongs to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
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